4/15/2010

Go Ruth! Ruth Gledhill on fundamentalists and others bleating about persecution of Christians in Britain

Ruth Gledhill takes on the fundamentalist and conservative proposition that somehow Christians are being persecuted in Britain. It's a fine statement. GO RUTH! Here it is.




Read her essay here (video included) : It can only harm Christians to bleat about persecution - contains video

11 comments:

  1. Am I reading too much into Ruth's latest columns or am I correct in suspecting that she is slowly moving left of where she used to be? I seem to remember much support for the schismatics in her columns and blog. She seems more thoughtful now.

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  2. Bleating. Just the word. I read Lord Carey's plea to the justices, and "bleating" is the perfect description. Ruth is very, very good.

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  3. I take back every bad thing I ever said about Ruth Gledhill, and I apologize to her here publicly.

    Splendid!

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  4. Clearly the years of unending knee-jerk nastiness from "Orthodox" commentators - Roman and "Anglican" - have not passed unnoticed by Ms Gledhill. Not long since she was a figure of scorn to many "progressive" posters.

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  5. AMEN!

    Boy, did this resound. It is occasionally particularly interesting to be a committed Christian in a University setting where you caught between the resolutely non-religious majority of your fellow faculty (Richard Rorty did, after all, say firmly that it is not possible to be both an intellectual and religious...) and the bleating conservative Christians who are an increasingly large and noisy presence on campuses. It's certainly not horrible and certainly not even "difficult." But it is a ring-side seat for the culture wars, and often fun to insert yourself into the conversation into now and then. Whoever knew the Via Media could turn out to be so amusing...?

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  6. The judge to whose ruling Carey objects, Lord Neuberger, is Jewish. Quite a few Jewish judges on the English bench, I imagine. Apropos of nothing. Just saying.

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  7. You go, girl!! Of course, Carey's nonsense would drive any thinking person to the left...

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  8. Why does any religion have to support any political party? Why should the political "Left" get support from any religion automatically? Why should the "Right" assume that xtianity should support its views?
    She begs a lot of questions; if Mainline Protestantism ends up being the LibDems at prayer, would that be something good?

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  9. "...if Mainline Protestantism ends up being the LibDems at prayer, would that be something good?"

    Only because the right treats us like lepers. See Dromantine and Dar es Salaam.

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  10. Mark, with your permission an answer to anonymous.

    I am an economic conservative by inclination. I am also a civil libertarian who participated in the civil rights movement as many conservatives did!

    It is precisely the alliance of fundamentalists busily condemning anyone who disagrees with their silly ill-informed attempts at theology and the Republican party that has made me a democrat. Credit Jerry Falwell with a conversion I guess!

    FWIW
    jimB

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  11. PseudoPiskie,
    Ruth does seem to have undergone a gradual evolution. Sometimes conservatives are the best recruiters for the liberal cause. The biggest danger for Christianity right now, as she alludes, are the fundamentalists and the awful (and false) image they project.

    Anonymous,
    Like JimB, I am an economic conservative/libertarian, Reagan Republican in the 80's, but socially liberal (pro-gay marriage, for example). I do take issue with those who claim that voting Democrat (or Liberal here in Canada, or whatever) is the only way a Christian can vote. I can usually find something morally offensive to me in every party's platform. But when people like Pat Robertson tie their theology so closely to one party, I start to see a moral imperative to vote the other way.

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